We didn’t start the bubble!

Sung to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” this hilarious video by The Richter Scales is a neat caricature of “Bubble 2.0.”

The Inner Life of a Cell

For all biologists who couldn’t think in 3-D, and were bored of illustrations in text books. This will really show you how dynamic life is, even at the level of a single cell.


David Bolinsky, former lead medical illustrator at Yale, lead animator John Leibler, and Mike Astrachan are some of the creators at XIVIO who made the movie. They created the animation for Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Most of the processes animated were the result of Alain Viel’s Ph.D. work describing the processes to the team.

14 months to create for 8.5 minutes of animation! Well worth it, don’t you think?

For more on how it was made, read Studio Daily’s report here. And an interview with Wired here.

(posted originally by MadGenius)

The Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments


Now if only science experiments in schools and colleges were like this!

What a great way to learn about the contents of carbonated beverages, a common candy, materials science (the surface of the Mentos), theories about boiling, phase transitions, nucleation sites… and more!

(If you’re too lazy to wait for the video to download and watch it, it’s these two guys from eepybird.com who have made very elaborate fountains using Diet Coke and Mentos. Put a Mentos into a two litre bottle of Diet Coke and voila, instant fountain. Of course, it’s more complicated than that, but still relatively simple. Watch the video, it’s a lot of fun! And well choreographed!)

BlogCamp.in – My few seconds of fame!

Yesterday my colleague, Prayas came up to me and said that the latest edition of Business Today had an article about BlogCamp.in and that we were both featured in it.

Obviously, I rushed out and bought a copy of the magazine! 🙂 Unfortunately I can’t link to the story here as the online edition of the magazine is subscription only.

Prayas who had spoken about the need for Creative Commons licenses in India had got a pretty decent write up and a picture of him talking was the image for the story. All that got said about me was:

Ashwan (27), is a science professor from Mumbai who passionately follows science blogs around the globe.

But hey, I’m not complaining! It’s always cool to see your name in print as long as nothing bad is being said about you!

Then this morning, I opened my mailbox to see an email from Peter which had a link to a story by CNN-IBN about BlogCamp.in!

The short news clip had been uploaded to YouTube by some kind soul and I could finally see my glorious 2 seconds of fame that others had been telling me about for quite a few days!

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the clip in question. Share and Enjoy!